Christine J. Kirchhoff, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Advisor for Actionable Knowledge

Dr. Kirchhoff is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Law Policy and Engineering (LPE) and is Assistant Director of LPE at Penn State University. In addition, she is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Energy and Environment and the Sustainability Institute at Penn State. Dr. Kirchhoff’s primary research interest are to advance fundamental understanding of 1) water governance, planning, and management under stress and change; 2) the human dimensions of engineering for adaptation and resilience; and 3) the production and use of science in policy and decision making. Since 2013, Dr. Kirchhoff has received more than $10 million in research funding as principal/co-principal investigator and published more than 35 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to peer-review publications, Dr. Kirchhoff has co-authored numerous reports and guides in collaboration with state and local agencies and departments and water and wastewater systems to help translate research to practice and policy. Among other honors, Dr. Kirchhoff received an NSF CAREER award, was appointed to the Connecticut Governor’s Climate Change Adaptation Working Group and is a contributing author to the IPCC AR6 report on Cities and Settlements.